Cleanups To Date

Opportunities to participate will be updated here on a regular basis.

Upcoming Cleanups

  • Keep Capitola Salty
    1st. Saturday of every month
    Join Keep Capitola Salty for a cleanup.
    Meet at Esplanade Park at 9:00 am.
  • Save Our Shores
    • June 8, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — Beach cleanup at Cowell Beach!
      Registration is required
      Meet Up Location: Please meet us at the base of the stairs to Cowell Beach.
      Facilities & Accessibility: Restrooms and drinking fountains are available onsite. Metered lot and street parking is limited, so please plan accordingly.
    • June 15, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — Beach cleanup at Sunny Cove Beach!
      Registration is required
      Meet Up Location: Please meet us at the end of Johan’s Beach Drive at the main entrance to the beach.
      Facilities & Accessibility: There are no restrooms available, and no drinking fountains on site. Parking is limited, so please plan accordingly.
  • Coastal Watershed Council
  • Join us for Community Cleanups in the Pajaro Valley!

    Stay tuned for the release of the location community Service hours are given!

    • June 27, 2024
    • July 25, 2024
    • August 22, 2024
    • September 26, 2024
    • October 24, 2024
    • November 21, 2024
  • Every Monday Main Beach Cleanup in front of Board Walk at 8:00AM (join us!)

    "We really need the community to step up and help clean Main Beach, especially after Memorial Day. Today we found two dead sea birds, a dead sea otter pup along with what we regularly pick up, numerous cans, food packaging waste and cigarette butts."
    - citizen activist Donna Maurillo

Cleanups Accomplished

Eastlake Cleanup

March 1, 2022

For more than a year, directly across from Lakeview Middle School, under the shade trees near the Valley Church properties, a known drug offender had set up an encampment. Several individuals living illegally in this location, accumulated mountains of trash, pallets, crates, discarded furniture, tarps, and human waste which flowed into the irrigation channels that lead to local farms. Many neighbors sent complaints requesting removal of the site and cleanup of the refuse.

Finally, on March 1, 2022, volunteer students from St. Francis School, the Community Action Board, the County of Santa Cruz Public Works, and several local residents cleared out the debris, regraded the landscape, seeded grass and limbed up trees to prevent encampment reestablishment.

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St. Francis High School students volunteer to clean up garbage from Eastlake encampment.
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Neighbors and local residents fed up with the environmental destruction caused by the encampment assisted in the cleanup.
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Proud of their accomplishment and valuable contribution to cleaning up the environment, St. Francis students stand before a container of accumulated trash.